Pioniers gains home advantage in Holland Series
HOOFDDORP / AMSTERDAM / ROTTERDAM / THE HAGUE (Neth.) -
After all games in the Play-Offs and Play-Downs rained out on Saturday and Sunday, the teams continued on Monday-evening, August 29.
Vaessen Pioniers then won 6-1 vs. Corendon Kinheim to claim first place in the Play-Offs and therefore gains home advantage in the best-of-seven Holland Series.
The second game of the series between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and DOOR Neptunus again was canceled, as the playing site was still unplayable.
The game was re-scheduled for next Wednesday.
In the Play-Downs, UVV and Mr. Cocker HCAW both register big wins, respectively winning 11-1 vs. Sparta-Feyenoord and 12-2 vs. ADO.
Vaessen Pioniers vs. Corendon Kinheim
At Hoofddorp, Vaessen Pioniers trailed 1-0, but then scored twice in the sixth inning en route to a 6-1 win.
With this, Pioniers secured the first place in the 9-game Play-Offs and therefore earned home advantage in the upcoming Holland Series, that opens next Saturday.
Pioniers then will play the first two games at home on Saturday and Sunday, followed by three games on the road to be played on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
If needed, Pioniers will play at home again in Game 6 and 7.
Kinheim took an 1-0 lead in the second inning off veteran pitcher Roger Kops when Rodney Michel led off with a single, advanced on a wild pitch and a flyout, then scored when a flyout was dropped in the outfield.
Pioniers then took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning.
First, Kinheim-starter Nick Veltkamp gave up a lead-off single to Kevin Dirksen, then two errors led to a run and an one-out single by Mark Duursma gave Pioniers a 2-1 lead.
Pioniers then added four more runs, which were all unearned as the Kinheim-defense made two more errors.
New pitcher Pim Walmsma saw the first two batters reach on an error, then gave up a bunt-single to Mark Duursma that loaded the bases.
Hereafter, the game was interrupted for some five minutes, as a foul ball hit by Nik Gumeson hit one of the lights in the third-base-lighttower.
After the debris were removed and the game continued, Gumeson reached on a fielder's choice which also led to a run.
Next, Dè Flanegin singled in another run, followed by a 2-run double by Mervin Gario that made it 6-1.
Jean-Paul Gulinck, who took over the pitching for Kops in the fifth inning, struckout four batters and gave up no hits in three innings to become the winning pitcher.
Sparta-Feyenoord vs. UVV
At Rotterdam, UVV hit 10 basehits and won 11-1 vs. Sparta-Feyenoord, which hit only five hits off of two pitchers.
After scoring once in the first inning, UVV added three runs in the second at bat.
Giovanni Samboe and Shurty Tremus led off with back-to-back doubles to bring in a run, followed by a runscoring single and a runscoring fielder's choice.
In the fourth inning, UVV added a run when Orlando Yntema homered with two outs off Gregory Gustina.
Yntema, one of the pitchers of UVV, did not have a plate appearance in the regular season, but tonight was the designated hitter.
After he fouled out in the second inning, he homered for his first basehit in the fourth inning.
UVV rallied for six runs in the sixth inning on a 2-run double by Austin Weymouth, single by Jirka Bliek, basesloaded walk for Rutger Veugelers, double play-grounder by Giovanni Samboe and a single by Shurty Tremus.
Sparta-Feyenoord scored its lone run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Kevin van Nederpelt.
ADO vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW
At The Hague, Mr. Cocker HCAW won 12-2 vs. ADO to win its fifth game in a row.
HCAW collected 16 basehits, including three by Jasper Keijzer and Ronald Bouwman.
Pitcher Kevin Miner, who tonight was the leftfielder, went 2-for-5, scored twice and had one RBI.
At the side of ADO, Head Coach Aldric Dunlop himself was the first baseman and went 1-for-3, hitting a single in his first at bat.
A double by Bouwman gave HCAW an 1-0 lead in the second at bat, but ADO came alongside moments later on a single by Gregory Hassell.
Three errors led to two HCAW-runs in the fourth inning and after ADO had scored once in the fifth, HCAW rallied for seven runs in the seventh inning.
In this at bat, HCAW hit five basehits, including an RBI-double by Michael Pluijmers, RBI-singles by Ronald Bouwman, Kevin Miner and Lennart Koster and a 3-run double by Mitchel Koot.
A 2-run single by Juan Miguel Gonzalez made its 12-2 in the ninth at bat.
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